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On Spring Break, Trading Sun and Sand for Service Learning

March 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- For many college students, a week off in March means sunny, sandy Spring Break getaways -- but for a group of dedicated RWU and RWU Law students that seems to grow each year, the break from classes and assignments is an opportunity to give back, dive into outside-the-classroom learning experiences and have a little fun along the way.

This week, more than 130 students, from undergraduate to graduate to law, are participating in Alternative Spring Break trips, where groups of students -- often led by faculty or staff advisors -- work in teams to lead volunteer projects aimed at improving communities or assisting nonprofit organizations. 

This year, students will serve local cities including Providence and Boston, travel across the country to New York City, New Orleans and Tuba City, Arizona, and even head abroad to countries including Peru, among others. Habitat for Humanity, Project Homecoming and Rebuilding Together are among the many partner organizations for which the students will volunteer to help address critical community issues from affordable housing to public health awareness.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Hawkward Takes the PPAC Stage on Saturday as 'Special Guest' Performers for Jay Leno

March 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – When Ali Isham ’13, Perry Cyr ’13 and Katie Marino ’13 formed the a cappella group Hawkward in 2010, the singers never imagined the group would perform for a crowd of 3,000 at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Yet this weekend -- on Saturday, March 21, at approximately 7:30 p.m. -- Hawkward, now 20 members strong, will perform front and center for some of Rhode Island’s biggest champions for the arts at PPAC’s Annual Gala fundraiser as the opening act for late-night television show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno.

An avid fan of a cappella, Leno ultimately selected Hawkward as the “special guest” performers after conducting a search for a local group that began last fall. Five other collegiate, regional and semi-professional groups were considered for the opening role, but Hawkward emerged as the first choice early in the process.

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The 13th Amendment’s Legacy: Leonard Pitts Jr. to Lead March 23 Panel on Race

March 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Two and a half years after a visit to Roger Williams University in which he characterized race as 
“the single dumbest idea in all of history,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr. will return to the University on Monday, March 23, to lead a panel discussion titled “The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S.”

As part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series, the acclaimed Miami Herald columnist – who has worked for nearly four decades as a writer, professor, radio producer and lecturer – will join a panel of experts and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage.

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Info Session: University of Westminster on Campus

Come learn more about our partner school in London at the University of Westminster.  A study abroad opportunity for Communications, Business, Arts and many more Majors.

President’s Distinguished Speakers Series: Panel Discussion Featuring Leonard Pitts Jr.

In his second visit to RWU, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr. will join a panel of experts and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage in a presentation titled: "The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S." 

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New Research Shows Latino Households Face Challenges in Homebuyer Market

February 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorks RI – two policy groups at Roger Williams University – released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

The analysis done by HWRI reviews median renter household incomes and single-family home prices from 2007 to 2013. During that time, the income needed to afford the median priced single-family home outpaced the household incomes of both Latino and non-Latino renters. However, the median renter household income for Latinos declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2013 while the median renter household income for non-Latinos remained the same.

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On March 2, Best-Selling Author Nicholas Carr to Explore the Ubiquity of Technology

February 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a world in which documenting everyday life in snapshots and status updates posted for public view on the web is the norm, while corporations freely collect and share information culled from online identities, the debate remains open: Does the ubiquitous digitization of society helps us or harm us?

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Meet the Learning Commons: A One-Stop Shop for Academic, Technology Needs

February 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Been to the Library lately? Then you’ve noticed the new look. But as part of a longer-term transition from traditional library to The Learning Commons, the first-floor facelift is far more than a mere cosmetic upgrade.

Upon entering the Library, glowing blue signs greet visitors and advertise the new Media Tech Center and Library Information Center, an integration of academic and technology resources in a single location on campus. The previous lobby space has been removed to create more study areas and workstations on the first floor.

On Wednesday, the Learning Commons played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Library’s new Media Tech Center – created in partnership with the Information Technology department – and to anticipate further developments in other parts of the building.

Over the last decade, the Library has surveyed students, faculty and staff about the resources, services and facilities they would find most valuable, says Dean of University Library Services Peter Deekle.

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Common Reading: "From 'The Circle' to 'The Glass Cage': The Intersection of Technology & Humanity"

Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His latest work, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, challenges our conceptions of technology and demands that we rethink how computerization and digitization work to benefit us all.

Both The Shallows and The Glass Cage address themes identified in this year's Common Reading selection — The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Called an "exceedingly lucid" speaker and one of the "100 Most Influential People in IT," he speaks across the world on information technology, the culture of innovation and business strategy.

A book signing will follow the event.

Attendance is required for first-year students. The event is open to the entire RWU community, with limited seats available tot he greater community. Depending on attendance, some attendees may be seated in an overflow location.